February 26, 2016

Sonia Shah spoke about her book, Pandemic, at Politics & Prose on Friday, February 26, 2016.

Just as seismologists talk about the Big One, epidemiologists are alert for signs of a major pathogen—Ebola? SARS?—that could sicken as many as a billion people sometime in the next two generations. In her new book, Shah, an award-winning science journalist and the author of The Fever, which chronicled the science and social impact of malaria, draws on a wide range of historians as well as cutting-edge public health experts to describe past pandemics—notably outbreaks of cholera, which emerged in 1817 as a harmless microbe, steadily evolving into a global mass-killer—study how we’ve coped, and describe what we might face next and how we can prevent it.

Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250118004
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Published: Picador - February 14th, 2017

June 21, 2015

Paul Steinberg spoke about his book, A Salamander's Tale, at Politics & Prose on Sunday, June 21, 2015.

Steinberg is a sports psychiatrist and when his own health was threatened by cancer, he took both physical and spiritual routes to come to terms with his condition. Using the salamander’s extraordinary regenerative abilities as a kind of muse, Steinberg recounts how the diagnosis of metastatic prostate cancer when he was just thirty-five led him to new perspectives on time, sex, the evolution of the human body, and mind-over-matter rituals such as walking on hot coals.

A Salamander's Tale: My Story of Regeneration?Surviving 30 Years with Prostate Cancer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632205698
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Published: Skyhorse - April 21st, 2015

September 10, 2014

Tom Shroder spoke about his book, Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal, at Politics & Prose on Wednesday September 10, 2014.

It’s no secret that psychedelic drugs have the ability to cast light on the miraculous reality hidden within our psyche. Almost immediately after the discovery of LSD less than a hundred years ago, psychedelics began to play a crucial role in the quest to understand the link between mind and matter. With an uncanny ability to reveal the mind’s remote frontiers and the unmapped areas of human consciousness, LSD and MDMA (better known as Ecstasy) have proven extraordinarily effective in treating anxiety disorders such as PTSD—yet the drugs remain illegal for millions of people who might benefit from them.

Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal Cover Image
ISBN: 9780147516374
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Published: Plume - August 11th, 2015